I've never been a person who likes to complain without giving solutions to a problem. So here are a few ideas that Mr. Burke and Co. could implement that might invigorate the fan base and create some revenue in the process:
Alumni Paint Crew
Outside of the PC, Mackey is a dead zone to a large extent. BUT, not all alums want to sit on their hands during games.
Charge $30 more for the basketball season ticket in two upper arena sections. In these sections, everyone gets a t-shirt similar to the real student sections, and more importantly, people won't get in trouble for standing in this area; it'll actually be encouraged. this won't give the Athletic Department much more revenue, but it might motivate younger alums to be more involved.
Giving a couple hundred dollars each year is not something everyone wants to or can do. But, giving $25-$50 is a bit of a no-brainer.
Give it a clever name, actually market the idea, give a sticker for your car and offer special buy one/get drink deals at certain games for members that no one else gets.
Keep the Purdue Kids Club...promote it more
Love this idea...LBD is a member...he loves it too; it's very well done. Hats off to everyone that's involved.
Make it fun
Have a stage set up away from Slayter that has a band (not a marching band) playing before and after games in Cary Quad, or some place else near by. Allow this to work with traditions that already exist not against them so old people don't get angry at the new-fangled music.
Near the same area, have a place where kids can have their picture taken with a cutout of J Money or Coach Hazell, try on real equipment and participate in contests that win them promotional products donated by Wendy's, Puccinis, McDonalds, etc.
Stop Eating Your Own
Sites like this are free advertising to the loyal, core fans. Instead of kicking us in the teeth, work with us to help promote upcoming events that you want people to know about via Twitter, FB, email.
Use What You've Got
Every college has a corps of built-in labor near by; students. Create an Athletic Department internship office that gives an hour of credit and a resume builder that can help make this stuff a reality. Utilize RHIT, Sophomore business students or *gasp* LA majors like communications to help get the word out and make things happen.
I'm no marketing guy...but I am a consumer. Often it seems like the business of Purdue athletics is handled like any other business...but it's not any other business. Alums, fans and students want to feel connected; don't just want to be consumers or clients, but family. They especially don't want to feel like adversaries, but I think many of us have felt that way in the last few years.
This summer's alumni game last summer was an event in which the athletic department seemingly got "it"...sure it was blazing hot, but it was fun and had some specialness to it.
We'll all be more apt to part with our money if we feel like we're part of something bigger.